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Welcome to Scarborough Downs Harness Race Track!

Welcome to Scarborough Downs Harness Race Track, Maine's best bet for live harness racing action since 1950! 2014 marks our 64th year operating as a small, family business in beautiful Scarborough, Maine, offering exciting racing from March 29 - December 21, 2014, with simulcasting of thoroughbred and harness tracks from around North America, 7 days a week, 363 days a year.

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Pembroke Mistress Refuses to Play Second Fiddle!

Pembroke Mistress remains undefeated in Maine Sire Stakes Action as part of a huge day for Team Varney! Read the press release here - photo by Michael Newman.

Smooth Sailing For Sailor Jerry!

Sailor Jerry steamed full speed ahead as he remained undefeated in Maine Sires action on Sunday. Read the full press release here - photo by Michael Newman

 

Kimmie Cam Can!

The fans appreciated the fine performance of driver Dan Deslandes on Saturday as he scored three wins on the 8 race program. Here he guides Kimmie Cam down victory lane! - photo by Derek Davis.

C C C says Yes Yes Yes to Winning!

C C C proves the horses for courses theory on Friday as he glides to his 2nd win in a row while racing at Scarborough Downs. The 4th generation Maine-bred loves trotting at The Seaside Oval! Photo by Michael Newman.

Analyze Scores Her 2nd Straight Sire Stakes Win!

Owner/trainer Mike Graffam confidently guides Analyze to her 2nd career win in Maine Sire Stakes action Thursday (7/17), zooming home timed in 2:00.1! Read the full press release here. Photo by Derek Davis.

Dansan Flicka Upsets in Maine Sires

Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Saturday and Dansan Flicka (David Ingraham) grabbed victory at 22-1 odds!Read the press release here. Photo by Derek Davis.

 

Drew Does It Again!

Drew Campbell continued on his torrid streak steering 3 winners down Victory Lane on Friday. Here he assumes the "luge position" behind David McClellan's Bonus Miles. Photo by Derek Davis.

 

A Fifth For Drew!!!

Drew Campbell remains the hottest force on the raceway scoring 5 wins on Thursday's 8 race program! photo by Michael Newman

 

Smallwood Sizzles in Stakes Action!

Maine Sire Stakes action! ALITTLEBITCOUNTRY, owned and trained James Smallwood, of Windsor, ME, took a speedy new lifetime mark of 1:58.4 on Sunday, erasing nearly 5 seconds from his previous best, with driver David Ingraham calling the shots. Way to go! Read the press release here. Photo by Michael Newman.

Donna Smith wins with Kaja

It's not often we get to see the ladies out on the racetrack, and we love celebrating their wins! Congrats to Donna Smith for her win in Race 1 on a rainy July 4th with KAJA, who is trained by her mom, Ramona Smith! Way to go, Donna! Harness racing is all about families! Photo by Michael Newman.

Varney Trotters Continue Dominance

Stakes Action! Maine sire stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Thursday (7/3) with the two-year-old trotting divisions taking center stage. The appearance marked the second week that the freshman turkey footers graced the Seaside Oval and once again, the William Varney-owned entries dominated. Read the press release here. Photo by Michael Newman.

 

Campell Scores Win # 3,500!

Driver Drew Campbell hit career victory number 3,500 in Race 12 on Sunday (6/29) aboard IT HURTS ME, trained by Adrian Wisher. #CampbellinCommand Read the press release here. Photo by Michael Newman.

Deslandes Wins Three

Congratulations to Dan Deslandes for his three driving wins on the eight-race program on Friday! Victory was his in race 6 with OUR GIRLS CHANCE N, above, owned by Richard Knight of Westbrook and trained by Randy Bickmore. This was the 13-year-old paceing mare's 24th career win - congratulations to all! Photo by Michael Newman.

Varney Trotters Dominate

Thursday's Maine-bred action was completely dominated by the trio of driver Heath Campbell, trainer Valerie Grondin and owner William Varney, who sent three trotters to the winner’s circle. Above it was Pembroke Jack B who glided pillar to post to establish a brand new lifetime mark of 2:06.3, his second win from two career starts, earning the lion’s share of the $10,304 purse. Congratulations! Photo by Derek Davis.

Bullseye Targets the Winner's Circle!

BULLSEYE, owned by Alroy Chow, MD (who once owned the esteemed MY BILL FORWOOD, a two-time winner of the President's Pace back in the 1990s), and trained by Dana Childs, was a winner in the 3rd race on Friday at The Downs, giving Kevin Switzer the first of two wins on the day's 9-race card. This was the 3-year-old pacer's first lifetime win - Congratulations! Also congratulations to DREW CAMPBELL for 3 driving wins on the program! Photo by Michael Newman.

You Go, Girl!

YOU GO GIRL (trained by Steven Vafiades and driven to victory by Drew Campbell) had a nice win in Race 6 on Thursday (6/19). With a name like that, it's just fun to cheer her to the finish line: You go, girl! Photo by Michael Newman.

Fast as a Ferrari!

FERRARI SENA (Gary Mosher) sped away with the lion's share of the $8,000 purse in the Fillies & Mares Free For All on Sunday, Father's Day! This was the mare's first start at the Downs and she did not disappoint owner/trainer Serge Nadeau of Scott, Quebec! You go, girl! Photo by Michael Newman.

Mr. Nice Guy Finishes First

Who says Nice Guys finish last? MR. NICE GUY, owned and trained by Kim Ireland, beat out the field of top level pacers on Saturday (6/14) thanks to an expert drive by The King (Kevin Switzer). Congratulations! Photo by Derek Davis.

Davis Wins Three

Congratulations to driver Eddie Davis, Jr. who expertly steered three to the Winner's Circle on a rainy Friday at The Downs. Pictured above was win #3 with WATERLOO WILLIE, who trotted his way to victory in Race 7; giving trainer Steve Robinson and owner Paul Cloney two wins on the day's program. Congratulations to all! See all the day's winners here. Photo by Derek Davis.

Cruzin Maverick - his first start was a winning one!

Two-year-old colt, CRUZIN MAVERICK, owned, trained and driven by Stephen La Casse of Rochster, NH, showed that he has what it takes out on the racetrack on Thursday (6/12) when he won his first race ever! Drawing from post postion 6, the newcomer paced the mile in a wire-to-wire 2:08.3. Welcome back, Mr. La Casse! Photo by Michael Newman.

A Birthday Celebration at the track!

What could be more fun than a surprise birthday celebration with family and friends at the races? Happy 30th Birthday to Tonya & Norman Ng, thank you for celebrating your special day with us (and DIANA BLUE CHIP, and driver Eddie Davis, Jr.!). Because they booked their group in advance, they got free programs, a race dedication, a free picture in the Winner's Circle to take home, and a free "how to bet" session! Book your group today! Photo by Derek Davis

Switzer Jr. Sizzles on Saturday!

Driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. (pictured with Art of Illusion, victor of the $10,000 Dirigo Pace) scored seven wins on Saturday's 11-race program, placing him firmly in 2nd place on the leader's board. Switzer's prodigious performance was all the more remarkable considering that it was the most scores secured by a single driver since Water Case, Jr. grabbed 8 victories back in 1995. Read the press release here. Photo by Michael Newman.

Rose Alba is a Winner!

It was a good day for Maine-bred trotter, ROSE ALBA, who had had her fist lifetime win on Sunday at Scarborough Downs! The 4-year-old daughter of Boy Band is owned and trained by Michelle Hardin of Cumberland and driven to victory by John Beckwith. Congratulations! Photo by Michael Newman.

Go Team Athearn!

Congratulations to trainer Gretchen Athearn (and the entire Athearn/Rohr Family) for back-to-back training wins on Saturday (5/31). It was YOURAGAMBLER'SSON (pictured above with Mark Athearn driving) in Race 4... Look at him FLY! ... and SCAMP FINESSE (Mark Athearn) in Race 5. Congratulations! Photo by Derek Davis.

Wolf's Milan Establishes New Lifetime Mark

WOLF'S MILAN (with driver Eddie Davis, Jr. and trained by Ed Fournier, Jr.) was the victor in the $6,000 feature trot on Friday, establishing a new lifetime mark of 1:59! Congratulations to all the connections! Photo by Derek Davis.

Eddie Davis, Jr. Scores Four!

Driver Eddie Davis, Jr. scored four wins on the 10 race program on Sunday (5/25)! One of those wins was in Race 7 with the great PAN TAYLOR, trained by Adam Gray Stable. Congratulations! Photo by Derek Davis.

A Family Tribute

The Family of Jack Gray (gathered on right) visited the Downs on Saturday for their annual family outing and today they paid special tribute to the family patriarch, who passed away last month. Jack was an avid fan of harness racing at Scarborough Downs; they dedicated Race 6 in his memory (won by GOIN SHOPPIN, owned and trained by David McClellan and driven by Mark Athearn). If you'd like to plan your outing at the races, for any occasion, contact Susan Higgins at 207-883-4331 x1002 or email shiggins@scarboroughdowns.com! It's fun for the whole family! Photo by Michael Newman.

The King Rules!

Driver Kevin Switzer ("The King") completely dominated the activity at Scarborough Downs on Friday (5/23) claiming victory in five of the eight races programmed. Included among the tally were two from Switzer’s own roster, Colby’s Victory, who scored his third win in a row on Friday, and Cisco Hanover, who took a seasonal mark of 1:58.4. Above Switzer wins with Thro Time, trained by Adrian Wisher. The King rules! Photo by Derek Davis.

Switzer, Jr. on Top!

Driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. continued his dominance on Sunday (5/18) at Scarborough Downs as he added four wins on the post-Preakness Stakes day card to go along with his three-win tally on Saturday. (Above is with PLEASE SWEETIE in Race 3, trained by Elisha Lafreniere). His sterling weekend performance propels him into second place on the leader’s board with 29 seasonal wins, trailing perennial powerhouse Drew Campbell by 13 top tallies. Go, Kevvie! Photo by Derek Davis.

Ireland Stables Score Two!

Driver/Trainer Kim Ireland, out in front, drove two of his charges down Victory Lane on Sunday (5/11) for a driving and training double on the eight-race program: Mapple Bi in the Race 3 and Bad Boy Bernie (above) in Race 6! Congratulations! Photo by Michael Newman.

Also Congratulations to driver Drew Campbell for scoring three wins on the Mother's Day card! It was a good weekend for Campbell, who firmly tops the leaders board!

Three for Campbell!

Driver Drew Campbell held the hot hand on Saturday (5/11) scoring three wins on the eight-race program, including in the Free-For-All, which showcases the Downs' best of the best. Today it was PANCHESTER UNITED, trained by Dick Bartlett. Congratulations! Photo by Michael Newman.

Welcome Back, Wisher Trainees

The telltale purple and white colors are back! Trainer Adrian Wisher has returned to Maine from racing down at Freehold, and his horses did a great job on their first day back on Friday (5/9) -- he scored two training wins on the day's program! The first win was in Race 1 with Fox Valley Spencer (Kevin Switzer), and the second was in Race 5 with Deliberate, driven by Kevin Switzer. Way to go, Mr. Wisher, and welcome back! Also congratulations to driver Drew Campbell for his three wins on Friday's program! Photo by Derek Davis.

Deslandes and Winemaster Hanover

Driver Dan Deslandes scored two driving wins on the 8-race program on Sunday (5/4); one of those wins was with WINEMASTER HANOVER, pictured above, owned by Kevin Gee and trained by Randy Bickmore. This was the trotter's 3rd win in a row - Way to go! Photo by Michael Newman

Go KitKat, Go!

Congratulations to KitKat Du Ruisseau, driven by Drew Campbell and trained by David McClellan, winner of the $8,000 Fillies and Mares Free For All on Sunday (4/27)! This was the 8-year-old daughter of Camluck's 23rd career win - You go, girl! Also congratulations to driver Eddie Davis, Jr. who had three wins on the day's program! Photo by Derek Davis.

Eddie Davis, Jr. Wins Three Including the Free For All

Eddie Davis, Jr. held the hot hand at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (4/26), steering three down victory lane, but none more impressively than ART OF ILLUSION, who grabbed top honors in the $8,000 Free-For-All. Read more here. Photo by Michael Newman.

Abel Gets the Job Done!

Driver/trainer Ryan Abel got the job done in Friday's $3,200 Maine Amateur Driving Club race with pacer, J VS TANK (above). And congratulations go to driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. for scoring three driving wins on the day's 8-race program! Way to go, guys! Photo by Derek Davis

Cactus Creek Out Front!

Veteran pacer CACTUS CREEK (with driver Shawn Thayer) took his 42nd lifetime trip to the Winner's Circle on Sunday (4/20) in the program's finale. The classy 11-year-old son of Art's Place, trained by Jamie Gerard, showed his fans that he still has what it takes! The mile was timed in 1:58. Winslow Hustler (Alex MacDonald) was second. Congratulations! Photo by Derek Davis.

Graffam Connections - ON FIRE!

The Graffam Stables/Norton Farm connections had a great day at the track on Saturday (4/18). First, driver Nick Graffam had a 3rd with SAMARDI SHUTTLE in Race 1, then he won with the Jeff Graffam trainee, FEAR ITSELF, in Race 3...then in Race 6, driver Derek Howes had a win with the Mike Graffam trainee, FUNNY LENA (pictured above) - her first win of the season! Lena's owners, Peter and Sharon Harvie of Brunswick, were ecstatic! Congratulations! Photo by Michael Newman.

Mosher Wins Three

Congruatulations to driver Gary Mosher who had three wins on the 8-race program on Friday (4/18) - one of those was with trotter WATERLOO WILLIE, pictured above, a Steve Robinson trainee, who himself had two training wins on the program! Congratulations to all for jobs well done! Photo by Michael Newman.

Nick Graffam: Rookie Pilot on the Move!

Nicholas Graffam became the latest in a long line of accomplished horsemen to grace the Scarborough Downs winner’s circle as the 23-year-old rookie pilot secured his very first win in only his second appearance as a provisional driver on Sunday (4/13). Read the press release here. Photo by Derek Davis.

Parting shots.... Sunday's Retirement Ceremony

Caiden gives Art By Keene his bouquet of carrots in the Winner's Circle at the Downs' 7th Annual Standardbred Retirement Ceremony on Sunday (4/13). Photo by Derek Davis.

Art By Keene

Stephanie Gray rides one of Sunday's retirees, Art By Keene, off the track at the Downs' 7th Annual Standardbred Retirement Ceremony. Photo by Derek Davis.

Welcome Back, Come on Kathryn

Trainer Randy Smith returned to Maine for the summer after a winter in Ohio - his mare, Come on Kathryn, above, won her first start back to the Downs on Sunday (4/12), piloted by driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. who had three wins on the program! Congratulations to all! Photo by Michael Newman.

Mr. Nice Guy Finishes First

Mr. Nice Guy and driver Kevin Switzer, Jr., take the win in the $6,000 Free-for-All Pace on Sunday (4/6). Photo by Michael Newman. Read the release here.

Campbell scores 4!

Driver Drew Campbell held the hot hand on Saturday with four wins on the eleven race program! Read the release here. Photo by Derek Davis.

 

Opening Day a Success!

Opening Day was a great success! Good crowd and excellent racing -- driver Drew Campbell got things started with the first win of the day! Read the release here. Photo by Derek Davis.

Life After Racing

This is a picture of Nipas One, a Standardbred racehorse who retired in 2009; he was recently featured in the March 2014 issue of Hoof Beats, where his new owner, Pamela Rhodes, wrote a beautiful article about his new life. Read it here!